Meet a Member: Kristin Crowley

One of the biggest benefits of your INBA membership is getting to know professionals in different markets, in different stages of their career, maybe even working in a different aspect of broadcasting or education.

In the latest entry of our "Meet a Member" series, we're introducing you to Kristin Crowley, Evening Anchor at WREX-TV in Rockford. As a side note, Kristin is returning to the anchor desk on Monday November 26 after several weeks away because of a serious car accident. Welcome back, Kristin, and we wish you well in your continuing recovery!

Kristin Crowley

How did you develop an interest in reporting or broadcasting?

I enjoyed writing and wanted to pursue a career where I could make writing the focus. 

What was your first broadcasting job?

I was hired as a producer for 103.5 KISS-FM in Chicago when I was a sophomore in college (following an internship). However, my first TV news broadcasting job was a PA at FOX News in Chicago after I graduated from college. 

Why do you love being a news broadcaster?

Aside from writing every day, I love learning something new and being educated about what's going on in the world around me. I also love that no day is ever the same, so every day I feel like I get to do something new. 

What broadcast or story you’ve done makes you most proud?

My investigative reports on Rockford's superfund site which were both nominated for Regional Emmys

What’s the hardest story or broadcast you’ve had to do?

When I had to anchor an election night alone because we were in the process of hiring a co-anchor. I had to tackle all the cut-ins, stay on top of the developing results and anchor all the newscasts. 

What’s your most embarrassing broadcast moment?

During a serious anchor read about politics, a fly in the studio landed directly on my nose. When I left that station, my co-workers put together a gag-reel for me and put that clip front and center. 

Why did you join INBA?

I think it's important to be part of a group of journalists in this business. The broadcast industry is small and it helps knowing your colleagues and collaborating with them on ideas in the business.

Bob Roberts

INBA is as much about friendship and as it is about achieving common goals. It provides two things individual newsrooms cannot: in-service training, and the ability to speak out on issues affecting the profession. But most of all, it brings newspeople together.

Michelle Eccles McLaughlin

INBA is an organization that really caters to continuing education for professionals. It offers a relatively inexpensive way to learn new things, reinforce best practices and network.

Brian O'Keefe

One of the greatest benefits for me has been getting to see and know other parts of the state. I’m not from Illinois and traveling to spring and fall conventions over the years has transformed dots on a map to memories of places that enhance my story telling process.

Andrew Tanielian

INBA taught me how to network in a meaningful way. The scholarship process taught me how to endure a hard job interview and thrive.

Molly Jirasek

One of my top goals in my career was to get to Chicago. Thanks to INBA I met Margaret Larkin. She remembered our great conversations about Chicago and first alerted me to a job opening in the city I might be interested in. Lo and behold, I got that job! INBA helped me reach my dream.

Jeff Bossert

When I was working in radio for the first time, I had no idea whether I could truly handle the demands. But INBA made me curious and want to improve. Even now, when I’ve maybe worked a lot of hours or planned some stories that didn’t come together for one reason or another, what I learn from an INBA conference gets me re-invigorated about the business.

Aaron Eades

As a student, it's often difficult to picture what working in the real world will be like. For me, the INBA bridged that gap by giving me the chance to talk to professionals who used to be in the same shoes I'm in now.

Ryan Denham

“I recently attended my first INBA conference—and it won’t be my last. The combination of professional and student journalists learning together is electric. Everyone learns from each other and walks away with new friends (and LinkedIn connections). I know I did.”

Nora Baldner

The support INBA gives to student journalists is vitally important as we all discover how technology is changing news dissemination, INBA monitors and actively encourages truth, transparency and accountability from students and their universities.

Mike Miletich

Joining the INBA was one of my best life decisions. I met some of the best broadcast journalists while I was still a college student. Plus, I ended up getting a job through the connections I made!

Jennifer Fuller

INBA is not only a great networking tool, it also provides advocacy and support for journalists in an ever-changing world.

Alexis McAdams

INBA played a huge part in preparing me for my broadcasting career. The INBA conventions connect students with on-air talent and news directors who give feedback on now to improve your work. Through relationships I made at those conventions, I was able to obtain my first on air reporting job.

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